Children’s Trust is the South Carolina lead agency for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. We lead the state’s efforts in coordinating the delivery of voluntary home visiting services to improve the health, development, early learning, child abuse and neglect prevention and family support services to children and families through home visiting programs.
Home visiting is a proven, early-intervention strategy that pairs new, volunteer families with home visitors who provide family-focused services throughout the child’s first few years. The program offers services to expectant and post-partum parents and families with new babies and children.
In South Carolina many of the program models serve at-risk, low-income mothers. Skills addressed include maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments and access to services.
Children’s Trust supports the following program models: Family Check-Up, Healthy Families America, Healthy Steps, Parents as Teachers, and Nurse-Family Partnership through funding. There are seven catchment areas serving 21 counties, and significant expansion has begun for 2013 and 2014.
Children’s Trust is working to build a quality system throughout the state to have a continuum of programs available to serve at-risk families and children at various stages of need. The program also supports work-force development, advocacy and collaboration among the program models and other early childhood initiatives.
- South Carolina Benchmark Improvement Letter from the Health Resources and Services Administration - PDF
- Profile on home visiting in South Carolina create by Health Resources and Services Administration - PDF
- Fact sheet on home visiting in South Carolina created by the Association of Home Visiting Initiatives - PDF
- Profile on home Visiting in South Carolina created by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Law and Social Policy - PDF
- An Investment in Our Future. How Federal Home Visiting Funding Provides Critical Support for Parent and Children - PDF
Program benchmarks include:
- Improved maternal and newborn health;
- Prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect or maltreatment and reduction of emergency department visits;
- Improvements in school readiness and achievement;
- Reduction in crime and/or domestic violence
- Improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and
- Improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
Home visiting expansion
In September 2013, Children’s Trust of South Carolina was awarded almost $14.4 million over the next three years to expand home visiting programs in the state. The South Carolina Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (SCMIECHV) expansion grant will increase access to abuse prevention, health and learning readiness services for close to 1,300 families and result in more than 40 new jobs. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Health Resources and Services Administration Grant # D89MC26365; CFDA #: 93.505).
Children’s Trust will build upon the established “hub and spoke” approach to reach rural communities through metropolitan and perinatal regional centers to connect resources to high-risk areas that lack strong resources. Partnerships and models that are part of the expansion plan include Family Check Up, Healthy Steps, Healthy Families America, Nurse Family Partnership and Help Me Grow.
Children’s Trust of South Carolina has contracted with the Rural Health Research Center at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health to evaluate the programs.
Download the full text of the expansion announcement (PDF).
Download the expansion plan for home visiting (PDF).